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Hahnemannian Institute 


March 1st, 186 5. 







In order that there may be no misunderstanding as to what the Hahnemann Insti- 
tute is, it is proper to state that it was called into existence fifteen years ago, for the 
purpose of supplying a great need to students attending lectures at the Homoeopathic 
Medical College at Philadelphia, viz. : a thorough review of the lectures of the College 
Faculty, and for mutual improvement in medical science. This end is attained by the 
regular quiz lectures of the Faculty of the Institute. The list of Officers aud Faculty 
of the Institute, published on the last page of this Address, will not be mistaken for 
the Faculty of the College. 


Friends of Homoeopathy and Gentlemen of the Hahnemannian 
Institute : 

We have come together this evening to celebrate the fifteenth 
annual commencement of the Institute ; and you have done me 
the honor to appoint me to deliver the few words of parting, on an 
occasion which, to all of us, is one of sadness as well as joy. Of 
sadness, because we know that we shall never all meet again this 
side the grave ; that when we give the parting shake of the 
hand, and gaze into each other's eyes — now radiant with hope and 
beaming with the light of living souls — it will be a final parting 
and a last look. Of joy, because we go home to our friends, our 
wives and children, from whom we have been long separated, and 
because hope sings a joyful song to willing, trustful hearts. 

The contemplation of the bright future— enchanting and beau- 
tiful in the distance as the rainbow in the heavens, with its full 
golden realization ever eluding our grasp, like the pot of gold, said 
to be hidden where the rainbow touches the earth — makes this a 
joyous occasion. 

While more or less bright anticipations gladden our thoughts, 
many of us are doomed to sad and sorrowful disappointments, 
while some of us may reap, in the harvest field of life, a greater 
abundance of the golden fruit than our fondest hopes now picture 
to us. 

We should remember that much of our future success or failure 
will depend upon what preparations we have made, and how we 
start out in the journey. 

We have begun, during the term of our medical lectures and 
preliminary studies, the foundation work of our future medical 
edifice, and we have laid its corner-stone. We have dedicated it 
to the memory of the immortal Hahnemann, and we have chiseled 
deep upon its surface " Similia similibis curanter" From this point 
we date the commencement of our real practical studies, and though 
we go forth from these halls duly accredited physicians, the ques- 
tion of real fitness for the practice of the profession of our choice 
is yet to be decided, and this decision rests with a discriminating- 

Heretofore we have been studying the theory ; we have now to 
make a practical application of it, and our success will be just in 
proportion to the amount of ability, tact and genius which we bring 
to the work. 

We believe the law of therapeutics, which governs the applica- 
tion of medicines in our school, is truly a law of nature, and there- 
fore unerring and unchanging. We know that when certain con- 
ditions are present, the application of certain remedies will produce 
unvarying results. There can be, and is no exception to the law, 
and when we do not get the anticipated result, we will find, after 
a closer search, that we have not properly judged of the conditions. 
The fault is not in the law, but in our judgments. Believing that 
we have this law established upon a sure foundation to guide us, 
we go forth into the world clad in the whole panoply of confidence, 
well knowing that the shafts of envy and ridicule cannot penetrate 
our armor of truth. 

If the therapeutical law of our school is not wholly and entirely 
true, it is wholly and totally false, and, therefore, without consider- 
ation or worth, and we are left, like our opponents, outcasts upon 
a sea of conjecture and experiment, the creatures of every passing 
wave, grasping at whatever may seem to be able to sustain us for 
the moment. In view of these facts, what are our duties as 
Homoeopathic physicians? The first great duty is obvious. Since 
we have a law that is unvarying and unchanging, we should be 
fixed and immovable in our adherence to it, never swerving to the 
right or left in search of a seeming advantage, but ever keeping 
our minds centered upon that law which, if rightly appreciated and 
intelligently applied, will always respond to our every need. 

Our calling is truly a noble one, and it should command the at- 
tention of noble men, for our duties lead us into intimate relations 
with the most refined and learned of both sexes. Poets, Artists, 
Lawyers, Priests and Bishops, learned Judges and able Soldiers, 
besides many of the crowned heads of Europe, are among the 
patrons of our art. These considerations should lead us to become 
learned in the collateral arts and sciences, and to cultivate refined 
and gentlemanly manners. 

It may not be out of place here to name a few of those distin- 
guished persons who are and have been patrons of Homoeopathy 
in this country and in Europe. Among these are Hon. Wm. H. 
Seward, Secretary of State, Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretaiy of War, 
Hon. S. P. Chase, Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, Sen- 
ators Grimes, Henry "Wilson, Bayard, Colfax, Cowan and Sprague, 
Hon. Erastus Corning, Hon. Anson Burlingame, Major Generals 
George B. McClellan, Halleck and Banks, Eev. T. Starr King, 
Wm. Cullen Bryant, Henry W. Longfellow, Washington Irving, 
Mayor Lincoln, of Boston, Hon. Jacob Sleeper, Hon. Charles B. 
Hall, Hon. A. Oakley Hall, Hon. Daniel F. Teiman, Hon. B. F. 
Pinckney, Hon. James M. Smith, Hon. David Dudley Field, Hon. 
James T. Brady, Cyrus W. Field, Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Moses H. 
Grinnell, Edwin Forrest, Judge Metcalf, of the Supreme Court of 
Mass., Bishop Baker, of the M. E. Church, of Mass., Bishop Pot- 
ter, of Philadelphia, Jay Cooke, of Philadelphia, Ex-Governor 
GeneVal Hammond, of Canada, and Gov. Morton, of Indiana. 

In foreign countries we have the Earl of Essex, Lord Lovaine, 
Sir John Doveton, Admiral Gambier, Lord E. Grosvenor, the Earl 
of Wilton, the Duke of Beaufort, Viscount Lismore, the Duke of 
Wellington, Field Marshal the Marquis of Anglesey, the late Arch- 
bishop Whately, the Marquis of Worcester, Sir Edward Bulwer 
Lytton, Miss Frederica Bremer, the late Marshal St. Arnaucl, 
French Minister of War, the late Chevalier Bunsen, Minister Pleni- 
potentiary from Prussia to the Court of St. James, the Duke of 
Saxe-Coburg, the Duke of Lucca, the Duke of Anhalt-Koethen, 
the Duchess of Anhalt-Dessau, the Duchess of Cambridge, the 
Grand Duke of Baden, the Grand Duke of Weimer, the Grand 
Duke of Hesse, the Grand Duke Constantine, of Russia, the Arch 
Duke John, of Austria, Princess Frederick, of Prussia, Princess 


Wilhelin, of Prussia, the late Empress Maria Louisa, of Austria, 
the late Francis 1st, of Naples, and the Queen Dowager of Naples, 
the King of Hanover, the King of Belgium, the King of Prussia, 
the Queen of Spain, the Emperor of Russia, the late Emperor 
Nicholas, of Russia, the Emperor of Austria, and the Emperor of 
the French. 

These names are but the index to the great volume of names of 
distinguished persons who are patrons of Homoeopathy, and they 
have been recited here in part to answer the sneer that is sometimes 
thrown at us by our opponents, that Homoeopathy is not fashionable. 

The practice of Homoeopathic physicians being among those well 
able to pay, and, moreover, among those who know when a good 
service is done them, it is their duty to charge good fees for their 
services, and what is still more important, collect them. 

What costs but little is but little appreciated, and generally worth 
as little as it costs, therefore, gentlemen, prescribe your fees in ap- 
preciable doses. 

It is better for the community and for ourselves that we do less 
business and charge higher prices. It is better to make ten visits 
and charge twenty dollars, than to make twenty visits for twenty 
dollars, because it takes less of our time, and gives us more time 
to pursue our studies, which time, if properly applied, makes our 
services invaluable to our patients. By pursuing this policy, proper 
attention may be paid to every case, and thereby obtain more 
prompt cures than those who seek to do a large business at small 
prices, and consequently have no time to devote to any of their 
patients. By prompt cures we secure an extended reputation, and 
in the end he who did half the business at double the prices, and 
collected his bills, will become more learned, more wealthy, and 
have a larger practice than any of his neighbors, and then, having 
thoroughly studied in his earlier practice, he has more time and 
more knowledge to devote to the interests of his patients. 

I am sure, gentlemen, this is the way to succeed. If the old 
school doctor chooses to charge small fees for his large doses, it is 
not well to imitate him, for though he may obtain a very large 
practice, it will be sure to be a very poor one. 

It is one of the boasts of our school that we obtain our knowl- 
edge, not by experimenting upon the sick but upon the healthy ; 

we should not therefore desire to obtain a large number of patients 
for the purpose of experimenting upon them ; we also never should 
commit the folly of offering our medicines to people unasked : beg- 
ging people to take our little pellets only subjects us to ridicule, 
and converts no one. Skillful practice, and as a consequence good 
cures, will assuredly cause our pellets to be diligently sought for 
and willingly paid for. 

It may be thought that I am taking too mercenary a view of 
things, but this is really not the case, for as the old maxim says, 
"Charity begins at home." Our families must be supported, and 
protected from want and penury, and it is our duty to provide for 
their future welfare, still we are not to forget the worthy poor. Some 
one has said, "there are three classes of poor people, God's poor, the 
Devil's poor, and the poor devils," and it is our duty to give our 
services to (rod's poor, because they are deserving, and would pay 
us if they could. The other two classes never would pay us, even if 
they could. Let the Devil's poor and the poor devils, then, go to 
the poor doctors, who never charge anything for their services. 

Want of independence is too common among physicians. An 
old nurse or anxious grandmother or parent will often say, " now, 
doctor, don't you think a mustard plaster would do some good? " 
The doctor says, "well, perhaps it would; you may try it." From 
that moment the doctor has taken in a partner in the treatment of 
that case, and his partner reasons that if he had known his busi- 
ness he would not have adopted the suggestion. He didn't know 
what to do, and so was willing to try an experiment. 

We should always have entire charge of our patients, insist that 
our orders are obeyed, allow no dictation or interference of any 
kind, and then be responsible for the case. If we allow dicta- 
tion or interference, we lose our self-respect and the respect of our 
patient, and deservedly so, too, and if the patient dies we get the 
discredit of it, while if the patient recovers we get no credit for it; 
the old nurse, or whoever interfered, will relate far and near the 
wonderful efficacy of that mustard plaster which she recommended. 
" The doctor didn't know what to do, and I recommended a mustard 
plaster, and it cured the patient right up." 

We should be thoroughly upright and honest in our opinions to 
the sick. Never say to a patient whom we know it will take two 


years to cure, that we can cure him in a month. Holding out de- 
lusive hopes to the patient always works injury to the physician. 
Tell the honest truth. If you think so, then tell the patient it will 
take two years to cure him, and that in the meantime he must ex- 
pect to suffer a great deal in order to regain good health, never for- 
getting also the injunction that he must place himself entirely 
under your care, doing nothing for himself, nor permitting any one 
else to do so. Now he has confidence in you and will stick by you. 

Deceiving little children is a sin which the old school has been 
always guilty of. The confiding child is told that the nauseous 
dose which it is desired to take is sweet, and so induced to take it, 
and ever after the doctor is held in abhorrent remembrance, and 
when he visits the house the frightened child hides away and 
breathlessly awaits his departure. Worse than this, an innocent, 
confiding nature has been turned into an artful and distrusting one, 
and the bad example of lying may lead to the utter ruin and moral 
degradation of that child. The bare fact that falsehoods have to 
be resorted to to induce the patient to take what nature rejects and 
abhors, is one of the best arguments against the old school. 

What a different picture is presented when the Homoeopathic 
doctor visits his little patients ; they get upon his knees and twine 
their little arms about his neck, and greet him as a friend, one in 
whom they can confide, one who has never deceived them. This 
is one of the beautiful features of our practice, and in this as in 
every other influence which it exerts, we see the promotion of good 

While the confiding love of innocent children, the gratitude of 
parents and the esteem of friends makes our profession a delightful 
one, there are sad and solemn duties connected with it. 

The sick chamber is sometimes the birth-place of sorrowful 
memories ; to the true physician it has a peculiar sanctity. He 
must carry to it a clear head and an unclouded intellect. The rich 
and the poor, the beautiful and the ugly and deformed, alike claim 
his attention. Human passion, love, even grief itself, must be put 
aside, so that nothing may obscure his mental vision. 

His mission is often of the most delicate character, and some- 
times calls for the exercise of all his courage and fortitude. He is 
called to meet alone the grim tyrant, death, and is expected to be 


calm and collected while all around are unnerved and trembling 
with the agony of fear. 

How the anxious wife or mother breathlessly watch his every 
movement, and seek to detect some expression from which she 
may derive hope. The assembled friends and suffering patient re- 
gard him as the agent of the angel of life, and in their presence no 
fear must blanch his cheek or shake his nerve. 

His duties often call him to the bedside, where he listens to the 
first plaint of helpless innocence, and also sometimes to the last 
moan of the departing spirit, when his words of comfort and con- 
solation place him in the two-fold attitude of physician to the soul 
and body. 

Gentlemen, are we prepared to take upon ourselves these solemn 
responsibilities ? 

There are still other foes which we must encounter beside the 
grim tyrant, death. Allopathic physicians, with sneers, attempts 
at ridicule, and, I am sorry to say, sometimes falsehoods, stand in 
our path. There are many, very many in that school who will not 
stoop to such practices, and we all have many personal friends 
among them ; all such command our respect ; but that other large 
proportion of physicians who tell one person that there is nothing 
in Homoeopathic pills but sugar of milk, and within a half an hour 
relate how the Homoeopathic pellet contains the most deadly and 
concentrated poisons, we must meet with prompt cures, and leave 
an intelligent public to decide between us. 

Among the many objections urged against us are the following, 
of which the most frequently used is Quack ! Quack ! Now, 
gentlemen, you who have lived upon the farm know when you 
hear that sound in the poultry yard, that it is a note of alarm 
among the geese. An intelligent, well educated Homoeopathic phy- 
sician once settled in an enterprising town in Ohio, and the first 
morning after moving into his house he found that his Allopathic 
friends had tied a string to his door knob, thence around a duck's 
leg, and thence across the sidewalk to a post, so that every person 
passing along would trip upon the string, pull upon the duck's leg, 
and cause it to cry quack. This was a very ingenious contrivance, 
and no doubt reflected great credit upon its inventors, but it had 
the effect also to advertise the Homoeopathic doctor, who ever after 
had all the practice that he desired. 


It is often asked, why, if your method of cure is so superior to 
all others, was it not discovered before ? For the same reason that 
the telegraph and many other late improvements were not There 
cannot be any strength in such little pills. The little pellet. The 
little pill doctor. Homoeopathy amounts to nothing but an old 
woman with a few little pills and a book under her arm to look up 
the symptoms in, and many other such remarks are made. We 
might with more truth say that Allopathy amounts to nothing but 
a horse doctor, with his quart bottles and big pills, but that would 
not be gentlemanly, besides it is not well to imitate them in anything. 

The objection that we sometimes take a book to the bedside to 
study out the case, is a most ridiculous one. Yet many people 
would turn a Homceopathician out of the house for doing so, while 
at the same time they would have no confidence in their lawyer if 
he should give an opinion on a very intricate case without referring 
to authorities. 

They sometimes say our cures are the effect of imagination. A 
graduate of this class, while visiting a family in this city, was told 
that a favorite mocking bird had convulsions, sometimes twenty in 
a day, and they feared they should lose him. A few pellets of 
Belladonna were given him, and he had no more convulsions for 
three months. The mocking bird, no doubt, had a very vivid 

The same is just as true of infants and horses. But say they — 
when a patient recovers under our treatment, whom they had given 
up to die — the crisis had come, and the patient was just ready to 
recover. What a convenient thing it is to have the Homoeopathic 
doctor and the crisis come together. This crisis that our Allopathic 
friends speak of is the little pellet which the Homoeopathic physi- 
cian brings in his pocket-case. 

Our infmitessimal doses are objected to because they are believed 
to be too weak to accomplish such great results. There is a mys- 
tery in it, but "God works in a mysterious way, his wonders to 
perform." All of the normal operations of nature are performed 
silently and by means apparently inadequate to the end to be 
attained. True, we sometimes have a volcano vomiting forth its 
burning lava, but that may be an abnormity equivalent, in nature, 
to an allopathic dose of ipecac, -or perhaps sulphur, upon the human 


system, and old mother Nature may be said to have something 
analagous to an ague shake when we feel the heaving and trembling 
of the fearful earthquake. But take for instance one of the many 
silent forces that are continually operating around us. The dew 
which silently descends during the still hours of night, and like a 
wreath of glittering diamonds adorns the brow of morning, is 
soon dispelled by the heat of the morning sun, but it leaves its 
impress there, and in due time the face of nature blooms with 
flowers, and the fields ripen for the harvest. So with our infinites- 
simal doses ; silently they descend into the deepest recesses of the 
human organism, and in their mysterious way release the vital 
forces of nature, and soon the bloom of health appears upon the 
pallid cheek, and a harvest time of happiness and joy ripens in the 

A reason which is sometimes given by the old school for our 
cures, is "the mental influence which we exert over our patients." 
Of course this argues that Homoeopathic physicians have greater 
mental powers than they, else why do not they cure by the same 
means. " The influence of the curative power of nature, the ef- 
forts of which are not interfered with by Homoeopathy," is another 
reason sometimes urged. If they believe this why do they not 
leave nature to cure their patients, without resort to their drugs ? 
Certainly common honesty would dictate such a course. 

But why is Homoeopathy so popular? O, say they, it is the " fly- 
ing reports of our cures bruited about in the community by the 
loose tongue of Madame Eumor " that has gained its popularity. Do 
they never make cures so that the loose tongue of Madame Rumor 
might bruit them about in the community? 

I heard a distinguished professor in one of the colleges, this 
winter, tell a class of over three hundred students that our cases of 
reported cures of Pleurisy were not Pleurisy at all, but simply 
cases of stitch in the side, which would get well without medicine. 
The truth is we seldom have severe cases of Pleurisy, because we 
cut them short before they become fully developed. It would be 
strange if a Homceopathician, with a practice equal to his Allo- 
pathic neighbor, should not have his proportion of cases of Pleu- 
risy. I wonder they do not argue that patients of Homoeopathic 
physicians know they cannot cure Pleurisy, and therefore do not 


think it worth while to have it. It would be as sensible as many 
of the reasons which they give for our cures. 

They tell the community that Homoeopathicians are not well 
educated medical men ; that they know nothing of Pathology and 
Diagnosis. Gentlemen, I believe ours is the only college in the 
country that has a chair devoted exclusively to Pathology and 
Diagnosis. It is true we do not consider it of paramount import- 
ance, for, with us, to heal the sick is of the first importance, while 
we may use Pathology and Diagnosis to aid us in the cure. It 
makes but little difference to the patient what name we give the 
disease if he makes a speedy recovery. Although it might flatter 
the vanity of a Professor to be able to show the liver and lungs of 
the patient who appeared before the class two weeks before, as a 
triumphant demonstration of a superior knowledge of Diagnosis, it 
certainly would not answer the requirements of the patient who 
had placed himself in his hands to be cured. Such exhibitions we 
have seen again and again during the present winter, at the great 
hospitals in this city. 

Besides calling us quacks, they call us irregulars. They say we 
are not regular because we do not practice according to the old es- 
tablished mode which has received the sanction of centuries. A 
logical deduction from such premises would be that the only regu- 
lar mode of traveling by land and sea would be by stage coaches 
and sail vessels, while railroad and steamboat travel would be 

A system of persecution has at times been adopted, only equalled 
by the Christian Church. The Greek, Eoman, German Protestant 
and American Puritan Churches have, each in their turn, persecu- 
ted those whom they chose to call heretics, until the advance of 
civilization and liberal ideas, especially in this country, has given 
to all the right of free thought and expression on all religious topics. 

In Medicine this tolerance has not been so freely accorded ; but 
medical men will soon learn that the world has advanced beyond 
that period when any sect in medicine, as well as in politics or re- 
ligion, can enjoy a monopoly of rights. No man will be ostracized 
because he entertains opinions peculiar to any medical sect. We 
ought to welcome into the ranks of medicine any well educated and 
duly graduated physician, whether he be a Homoeopath, Eclectic, 
Hydropath, Allopath, or member of any sect or school. 


If all medical men thought alike on medical subjects there would 
be an end to progress ; therefore, let there be amicable discussions 
upon all medical topics. 

We cannot expect all Homoeopathists to be high attenuationists ; 
let us then welcome them as low attenuationists, for they are far in 
advance of the old school. The same, in a measure, is true of the 
Eclectic and Hydropath. Although they do not come up to our 
standard of right, we welcome them into the ranks of medicine, 
because they show their independence of old traditions, and mean 
to be untrammeled by ancient dogmas. They also have made a 
great step in the path of progress. 

How illiberal and foolish it would be for members of one religious 
sect to denounce all others as heretics, schismatics and infidels, and 
attempt to shut them out from all social rights and privileges, by 
circulating slanders and defaming their private characters. Yet 
this course has been systematically pursued by the unscrupulous 
and illiberal portion of the old school. No slanders have been too 
vile for them to use against us. They have not only persecuted 
us, but they have persecuted members of their own school when 
one of them has ventured to promulgate new ideas. 

How were the teachings of the immortal Harvey, in regard to 
circulation, first received ? They were treated with irony and con- 
tempt, and a torrent of persecution followed him through life. He 
was, in derision, called the Circulator ! meaning quack or vagabond. 
The united efforts of his enemies to destroy him were so far suc- 
cessful that he lost the greater part of his practice. 

The same College of Physicians, who, in after years, opposed the 
improvements of Montague and Jenner, made the circulation of 
the blood the subject of their bitterest satire, and many refused to 
meet him in consultation, a practice which is scrupulously imitated 
by many of their brethren at the present time. 

The curative power of Cantharides, in dropsy, was discovered by 
Dr. Groenvelt, in 1693. But the Doctor was soon committed to 
Newgate, by a warrant from the President of the College of Phy- 
sicians, for administering Cantharides internally ! 

Vaccination, the discovery of the immortal Jenner, which has been 
of such incalculable value to mankind, like other discoveries, was 
received with ridicule and contempt. Jenner was taunted and op- 


pressed ; and the Royal College of Physicians refused to grant him 
their license to practice his profession in London, even after the 
value of vaccination had been admitted. The tide of opposition 
did not stop here. The Bible and religious pretensions were made 
engines of attack against him. Not only did some of the Clergy 
unite their ordinary influence with the Medical Profession against 
him, denouncing it as quackery, but endeavored to prove from the 
Scriptures and the writings of the Fathers of the Church, that 
vaccination was verily Anti-Christ. 

The eminent French surgeon, Ambrose Pare, who first used the 
ligature for wounded arteries in the place of the searing iron and 
boiling pitch, was denounced as a crazy man, who would "hang a 
man's life upon a thread." 

A few years ago an intelligent Homoeopathic physician settled 
in Charleston, S. C. He had been there but a few days when he 
received notice that he must leave the place within a certain time, 
or be tarred and feathered and rode out of town on a rail. Who 
instigated the people to do that act? 

The. whole history of the medical profession has been one of 
persecution, from the days of Hippocrates to the present time. 

In the beginning of the sixteenth century, when Galen flourished 
as a medical writer, there arose a man whose name was Theophrastes 
de Hohenheim. He assumed the name of Paracelsus. He was 
for a time the most distinguished physician in the profession. He 
became a professor in the University of Basle. But because he 
wrote a book in which he declared that Surgery — an art which at 
that time was ranked among the meanest occupations — should be 
practiced by physicians, and because he introduced Antimony, 
Mercury, and other minerals among the list of remedial agents, his 
own school denounced him as the "prince of quacks," and falsely 
accused him of assuming to himself the name of Phillipus, Aure- 
olus, Theophrastes, Paracelsus, Bombastes de Hohenheim. Whilst 
his own offspring — the modern Allopathic school — have at last in 
the nineteenth century, progressed to that point in medical science 
where this really great man left it, in the sixteenth century, they 
have not outlived thapropensity to heap abuse upon him, and they 
still delight to call him the "prince of quacks." 

Thus an innumerable host of great men in the profession have 


been persecuted by each other, yet each one has added something 
towards the building of the great medical edifice. For centuries it 
has been in process of erection, but no law guided the workmen in 
their choice of material or in the construction of the several parts. 
Each one brought his contribution, many of them beautifully carved 
pieces, and laid them one upon the other. Here Tuscan, Doric, 
Ionic, Corinthian, and composite orders of architecture, are brought 
together in one incongruous mass. No master workman had 
charge of the work ; no plans were laid upon the trestle board. A 
magnificent ruin, with its massive columns and vaulted roof. For 
centuries the voice of old Time came sounding down those grand 
old aisles, re-echoing and reverberating among the broken columns 
and heaps of rubbish. But alas ! it was an uncertain sound, bro- 
ken and confused. In the course of time there arose a master in 
his profession, who with attentive ear and patient step threaded 
those labyrinths, going back among those corridors, beneath those 
broken arches and crumbling pillars, until he received the grand 
key by which this temple could be built, a beautiful and symmetri- 
cal whole. His brother workmen stoned him and drove him away 
from the temple, but patient perseverance and superior skill has 
rebuilt much of it. The new work is perfectly fitted in all its 
parts, a beautiful harmony of proportions exists, and a grand sym- 
metrical edifice is being erected, which is destined to be the wonder 
and admiration of the world. Gentleman, that master workman 
was the illustrious Hahnemann, and his medical temple is destined 
to be the triumph of Homoeopathy. 

I trust that the skill which we shall bring to the work for the 
rebuilding of this temple will always be in accordance with the 
plan of the great master, and that none of us shall have occasion, 
in our later years, to regret that we had neglected his plan and 
brought work to the temple which had no fitness for any part of it. 

And now, in behalf of the members of the Institute, I bid fare- 
well to the good people, and particularly the ladies of Philadelphia, 
among whom we count many near and dear friends. And to the 
able professors of the Homoeopathic College, under whose teachings 
we have sat during the winter, farewell, and may they live long to 
bless mankind with the teachings of pure Homoeopathy. 



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C. W. BOYCE, M. I). 

Institutes and Practiw. 

Materia Medica. 

Obstetrics and Diseases of Womenand Children 


Special Pathology and Diagnostics. 





A. H. EHRMAN. M. D.